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The Mitchell branch of the American Association of University Women met at 6:30 p.m. on March 24 in the community room of the Mitchell Public Library. There were eight members present: Ardis Beck, Evelyn Blumer, Linda Farney, Mary Fredrichs, Laurie Langland, Lori Solberg, Rocky Von Eye and Joan Weidenbach. Minutes of the Feb. 24 meeting were approved, as was the treasurer's report. Old business included the children's movie series and the local and regional spelling bees. For new business, Weidenbach volunteered to serve on the state AAUW nominating committee.
Donald F. Harris, Mitchell, will celebrate his 80th birthday on Saturday, April 4. His family requests a card shower. Greetings may be sent to 41091 257th St., Mitchell, S.D., 57301.
PARKSTON — Elaine Weber, Parkston, will celebrate her 90th birthday on Tuesday, April 7. Her family requests a card shower. Greetings may be sent to 703 E. Maple St., Parkston, S.D., 57366.
Tuesday's deadline to submit petitions for spots on the Mitchell City Council and Mitchell School District's Board of Education has passed, and officials said there were no last-minute surprises. For the City Council spots, here are the names that will be on the ballot for the June 2 election (all are three-year terms): Ward 1: Mel Olson. Ward 2: Randy Doescher. Ward 3: Marty Barington (incumbent), Ed Potzler. Ward 4: Jeff Smith. Mayor: Ken Tracy (incumbent), Jerry Toomey. For the Mitchell school board, there are two three-year seats and one one-year term open.
One person suffered minor injuries in a two-vehicle crash Tuesday morning at the intersection of Havens Avenue and Rowley Street. Around 7:45 a.m., Clayton Helmuth, 23, of Mitchell was traveling east on Havens Avenue, according to authorities. Zachary Appletoft, 35, of Mitchell, was turning left from Havens onto Rowley Street and pulled in front of Helmuth as he was driving east. Helmuth's 2008 BMW collided with the front passenger side of Appletoft's 2005 Nissan Maxima, causing Appletoft's airbags to deploy, according to Mitchell Police Officer Dan Kopfmann.
PIERRE -- A South Dakota Highway Patrol trooper injured during a January standoff in Brule County has returned to work, the Department of Public Safety announced Tuesday. Sgt. John Koenig, a 28-year veteran of the Patrol, returned to full duty Monday. He is stationed in Chamberlain. "It is good to have Sgt. Koenig back," Col. Craig Price, superintendent of the Highway Patrol, said in a press release. "Along with John and his family, we are thankful that he has been able to return to full duty." Koenig was shot Jan.
More competition has joined both school board races in the Mitchell School District, as Mitchell residents Tara Volesky and Steve Sibson have joined the race. Volesky filed her petition for the three-year school board seat Monday, while Sibson is running for a one-year term on the school board, according to Mitchell Superintendent Joe Graves. Both are familiar with the pursuit of a school board seat. Volesky ran for school board in 2013 and lost, while Sibson was one of five people under consideration when Lacey Musick was selected last year to fill a vacant seat on the board.
Alexander Salgado will remain in prison for life without the possibility of parole. South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley and Hanson County State’s Attorney Jim Davies announced Monday they won’t seek the death penalty for Salgado after he failed to cooperate in the trial of Maricela Diaz. “From the information I’ve got, I think he positively hates the penitentiary,” Davies told The Daily Republic on Monday afternoon. “My approach is, and I talked with Marty (Jackley) about this, we think from his actions he wanted us to violate him. And if that’s what he wants, I’m not going to give it to him. He’s not in control of this.”
Wind gusts on Sunday in the Mitchell area reached 53 miles per hour, which was at the high end of the regional average of 45 to 55 mile per hour gusts, according to Brad Adams, observing program leader with the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls. "It was a pretty hard push of mild air behind the cold front, but that's not uncommon for this time of year," Adams said. Temperatures, however, will be 20 to 25 degrees above normal for the first part of this week, according to Adams.
Becky Wieczorek and Derek McGowen were married on Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014, at Olathe Bible Church, Olathe, Kan., with the Rev. John Blackburn officiating. Parents of the couple are Les and Marilyn Wieczorek, Mount Vernon; and Randy and Tyra McGowen, Lone Jack, Mo. Maid of honor was Taylor Conant. Matron of honor was Anna Nussbaum. Bridesmaids were Alissa Hawkins, Liz Wieczorek, Amy McGowen, Kelsy McGowen and Ashley Cannon. Best man was Aaron McGowen.